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Bilingual commentary: Islamic Influences in Our Lives

Bilingual commentary: Islamic Influences in Our Lives

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes At a time when the leadership in our country is...
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Bilingual commentary: Chicano Migration and Evolution

Bilingual commentary: Chicano Migration and Evolution

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes In an effort to gain perspective on my life, and...
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Bilingual commentary: The Death of the Middle Class

Bilingual commentary: The Death of the Middle Class

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes It isn’t just an illusion—the American middle class is indeed dying, slowly evaporating as the wealthy reap the benefits of insidious forces that shunt away the money that used to sustain the backbone of a prosperous populace. Now both the lower and wealthy classes are growing...
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Bilingual commentary: Taking Back Our Country

Bilingual commentary: Taking Back Our Country

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes I look across the political landscape outside the window of my experience and I sometimes see a country I don’t even recognize anymore. I see a nation roiling like boiling water, a nation not at peace with itself, a great nation in pain, challenged by the...
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Bilingual commentary: Adjusting Education for the New Economy

Bilingual commentary: Adjusting Education for the New Economy

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Perhaps we need to re-think the entire approach to high school and college education as a new economic age dawns on the millennial generation beginning to enter the work force. Our curriculum has often been geared to preparing students for the traditional world of work. That...
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Bilingual commentary: Republicans Closing the Door

Bilingual commentary: Republicans Closing the Door

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes “It’s all a matter of perspective,” we often hear. But sometimes those stated “perspectives” lift eyebrows, start fights or lead to war. Our country at this time is being torn asunder by polarizing, vicious and unrelenting “perspectives” that threaten the delicate balance of societal peace. In...
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Bilingual commentary: Taking a Knee in the Land of the Free

Bilingual commentary: Taking a Knee in the Land of the Free

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Much has been said these past few weeks regarding the NFL players who “take a knee” during the national anthem. The controversy was inflamed by President Trump, who has far more important things to contend with, when he attempted to stir up his base with his...
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Bilingual commentary: A Requiem for Classical Music?

Bilingual commentary: A Requiem for Classical Music?

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes This past Sunday, along with other aficionados who filled the First United Methodist Church in Ventura, I attended a concert of the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra (“CHICO”). The classical music was as intriguing and musically dramatic as so many of the pieces that I’ve listened to...
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Bilingual commentary: Is Trump Firing at His Own Foot?

Bilingual commentary: Is Trump Firing at His Own Foot?

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes There is a lot of talk and apprehension in the air these days regarding access to guns and ammunition. But would someone please take away the one weapon used by our own president—his Twitter account? Is he firing at his own foot, day after exasperating day?...
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Bilingual commentary: Highway 101 Congestion Conundrum

Bilingual commentary: Highway 101 Congestion Conundrum

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Many of us have been around long enough to remember when Highway 101 in Ventura County had a mere two lanes in each direction. It was painstakingly widened to three lanes, but those lanes promptly filled up over the years, and we’re right back where we...
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Hospice of Santa Barbara Offers Tips on Talking to Children about Tragedies like the Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Hospice of Santa Barbara Offers Tips on Talking to Children about Tragedies like the Las Vegas Mass Shooting

SANTA BARBARA — In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday night, Hospice of Santa Barbara believes that the most important service they could provide locally is to provide guidance about how parents and teachers can speak to children about the senseless violence. “In times like these, it’s more important than ever...
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Bilingual commentary: What “Hot Felons” Can Teach Us

Bilingual commentary: What “Hot Felons” Can Teach Us

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Mekhi Alante Lucky likely never imagined his life would take the turn that it did. What might have started to be a regular cycle of visits to the jails and prisons as an inmate instead became an opportunity to showcase the gift that he had been...
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Bilingual commentary: Reactions to the Homeless

Bilingual commentary: Reactions to the Homeless

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes It was like being at a cocktail party, listening to an animated, passionate conversation among a group of people about a “hot button” topic: the homeless. But I wasn’t actually at a party. Rather, I am part of an Internet social media network for people in...
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Bilingual commentary: The Dilemma of the DREAMers

Bilingual commentary: The Dilemma of the DREAMers

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Recently, the unfortunate residents of south Texas and then south Florida knew that storms were brewing and growing before they struck. Similarly, this country’s DREAMers, who had been afforded protection from deportation and other benefits under the Obama administration, could see the dark clouds gathering the...
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Bilingual commentary: The Bridal Veil

Bilingual commentary: The Bridal Veil

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Often, what is considered “acceptable,” or “the way things are done,” has disturbing sexist backdrops. But customs that were once instituted to suppress and limit women are so tightly woven into our Western culture, our way of life and our thinking that we scarcely take note....
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